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A Letter to the Residents of Haddam and Killingworth on Stolen Lawn Signs
Dear Residents of Haddam and Killingworth:
As you may have heard, several Black Lives Matter lawn signs were stolen from people’s property in Killingworth and Haddam in the last week.
This, of course, is theft of private property, and has implications for free speech rights. In these highly partisan times, it’s important for people to be able to respectfully express their viewpoints, in conversations, in media and in any signs or messages that residents may choose to put on their own property. Stealing signs is not only an infringement on property rights, but is an attempt to silence free speech and political expressions, and exacerbates the divisions in our towns— we’d feel the same way about any signs that are taken, whether they be for Trump, for Biden, or for any mainstream political cause.
I’m sure many in our two communities are as upset at this news as we are. Please consider lending your voices and expressing the importance of respecting people’s choices and rights to express their views, and that stealing signs is trespassing and is subject to police actions. And consider reporting stolen signs to our state troopers! It could help calm tensions and reinforce the joint values we share.
All of the signers of this letter are residents of our two communities. If you would like to add your name to the list, please contact Peter Baird at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you are all healthy and well in these trying times. Thanks.
Lauren Brown Braren
Lynn Kaminski Gallant
Jackie Chesney McGrath
Divinna Snyder Schmitt
Jen Gero Voegtli
Edited 8/1/20 to add two more names.
Edited 8/2/20 to add three more names.